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22 Dec 2014

2014: A year in review

2014 was a fantastic year for Ravensbourne. Students and staff have continued to excel with nominations, awards and creative initiatives, to mention but a few of the many achievements gained over the year. Well done to all for your continued hard work and for making Ravensbourne a great place to be.


‘Island Queen’ nominated for the Best British Short Film Directed by Ben Mallaby, Senior Lecturer at Ravensbourne for Digital Film Production, the film Island Queen was nominated for the Best British Short Film by the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014. Full article here.


01 Incubation

Notable mention: Ravensbourne began offering a newly-expanded Incubation programme for 2014/15. Full article here


02 CMI

12 Ravensbourne students snapped up CMI awards Held in association with the British Library, CMI Management Book of the Year Awards competition aims to celebrate the best of management books published or distributed in the UK, from the most inspiring to the most useful. The work of five students from Motion Graphics, Animation and Post Production was chosen in a competitive pitch, together with the music and sound design students, who created audio to sync with and enhance the sequences.  Each of these students received £200 for their winning work. The CMI also awarded £1000 to one animation as the overall winning sequence (divided into music and visual). Full article here.


 Board Of Govenors

Notable mention: Chair of Governors announced the appointment of six new governors to Ravensbourne’s governing body.

02 M&S

Notable mention: Ravensbourne BA (Hons) Fashion student Lauren Field won a competition to find the 'next design stars' run by retail giant M&S and the British Fashion Council. Full article here.

02 Fencing

Notable mention: The Ravensbourne Fencing Society won a Bronze Medal at the International X-SYSTRA Fencing Challenge in Paris.Full article here.


3D Creative Summit Ravensbourne teamed up yet again with the 3D and Advanced Imaging Society on this year’s Summit. With a wealth of fantastic new films and TV content produced over the past year, the two-day event was full of exciting sessions and debates. Full article here.


3D summit

Robin baker

Notable mention: Professor Robin Baker OBE announced his intention to leave his position as Director and CEO of Ravensbourne. Full article here.


Lenny Henry announced launch of Campaign for Change In an interview hosted at Ravensbourne, Lenny Henry talked about his desire to see more of the 14.5% of the country and 40% of Londoners who are Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME), reflected in the media. He wants to see true representation of the country’s population both behind and in front of the screen. He gave his view that the initiatives and the diversity departments are all very well but what is really needed is real jobs – jobs in leadership as well as entry level roles. Lenny Henry wrote a paper, known widely as ‘The Henry Paper’ where he sets out a roadmap for change. Lenny’s main point is that when he first started performing on TV over 20 years ago, he was very often the only BAME representative, either in front of, or behind the camera. Twenty or more years later, despite many initiatives to address the issues, this is still the case. His paper sets out an agenda to address this as a high priority. Full article here.


Talent4 logo

Notable mention: Ravensbourne hosted 4Talent finals. The day offered 16-25-year-olds, who are keen to learn about working in the media, the opportunity to network with professionals, take part in hands-on workshops and gain an insight into the routes through to work experience placements. Full article here.


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Save Our Girls campaign BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, Sherida Kuffour, had her designs used globally in the 'Save Our Girls' campaign to protest child abduction in Nigeria. Full article here.


social mobility 

Notable mention: CentreForum ranked Ravensbourne third in the Social Mobility Graduate Index (SMGI). The index provides a measure of professional graduate outcomes with particular emphasis and recognition of the differential resources and actions required for success with disadvantaged students.

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Notable mention: For the second year running, Ravensbourne Students’ Union was awarded a 'Gold Standard' in the NUS Green Impact Award. Full article here.


06 The Degree Show

The Degree Show 2014 From 12-20 June, Ravensbourne gathered together with leaders from across the creative industries to celebrate the immense talent of the class of 2014. Run and managed entirely by the students under the leadership of a final year student in Broadcast Operations, Marc Walsh, the Degree Show was the student showcase to be at this summer. Starting with the Fashion Show on Thursday 12 June, and spanning all of the following week, the show was packed with talent. Family and friends, as well as industry leaders had the chance to see the amazing and high quality work produced by graduating students. Full article here.


06 Juice Box 

Notable mention: The subject leader for Fashion Promotion, Iain Bromley, was presented with the Diversity Activist Award from All Walks: Beyond the Catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week 2014. The award was for the third edition, ‘The Identity Issue’, of the online style magazine Juicebox. Full article here.

06 UKArt Science Prize

Notable mention: Michael Bailey and Jack Carr, both studying on the Pre Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, were awarded the UK ArtScience Prize in London and participated in a week-long innovation workshop in Paris at Le Laboratoire. Full article here.


Convocation 2014 Convocation for Ravensbourne’s Class of 2014, was held in The IndigO2 on Tuesday, 22 July. One of the highlights of our academic year, it is a very special and formal occasion to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students. Awards were also given to exceptional students in the fields of Sound Design and Broadcast. Full article here.


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This year the celebration included awarding honorary fellowships to individuals who had already left their mark in the creative industries and society. The list of exceptional individuals receiving Honorary Fellowships included: Adebola Akindele BAgric FCA MBF, Rohan Silva BA LLB, Jeanette Carlsson BSc MA, Michael Johnson BA PPD&AD, Trevor Fenwick BA (Hons) FCIM and Mike McGee MA. Full article here.

07 Professor 

Notable mention: Lizzie Jackson became the first conferred Ravensbourne Professor. Her professorial title was conferred at the annual Convocation degree ceremony. Professor Jackson has published books, articles and papers on public service media and interactive media. Full article here.

07 Architecture

Notable mention: It has been a busy yet exciting period for Architecture students, packed with ceremonies of recognition, private viewings, and many other Ravensbourne activities. The highlights included Milot Pireva, BA (Hons) Architecture, receiving the Ravensbourne Architecture of the Year 2014 award at The Degree Show 2014. Josie Lees, BA (Hons) Architecture, received the Architectural Education Trust (AET) Prize for an outstanding piece of work completed during the final year. Gensler Award for best interior architecture project 2014 went to Robert McCombie, BA (Hons) IDEAS. Ravensbourne moreover hosted the RIBA SELSA event during which Joe Morris from Duggan Morris Architects gave an excellent lecture. Max Wilson, BA (Hons) Architecture, was presented with the Highly Commended Award in the category Best Architectural Project SELSA RIBA. Full article here.

07 Yellow Pencil 

Notable mention: Edward Yau and Hugo Raymond, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, won a yellow pencil for their design proposal for the D&AD British Council Exhibition brief. The brief asked students to create a bilingual identity for the British Council's Dressing the Screen exhibition.  Full article here.


Ravensbourne students dominated SheSays Awards Soofiya Chaudry and Louise Philo won 2 of the 4 awards up for grabs at SheSays annual competition. SheSays highlights the gender divide by helping to address the disparity through positive change and recognising pioneering women.

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The awards ceremony was centred around the fact that only 3% of the creative industries CEOs are women, and how there should be more female role models within the creative industries. Louise Philo, who graduated in 2013, won an award for her major project, Monkeyton, a toy designed to help children learn sign language. Soofiya Chaudry, a Graphic Design graduate from 2013, won the Student Award. She entered the competition with her project ‘A Book for Two’. Full article here.


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08 Sinem Osman 

Notable mention: Sinem Osman, BA (Hons) IDEAS, received The Best Model Award at Free Range 2014. Full article here.


09 Linda Drew

Ravensbourne announced new Director Professor Linda Drew was appointed as the new Director and CEO of Ravensbourne. Currently the Deputy Director and Director of Academic Development at the Glasgow School of Art, Professor Drew takes up her new position as Director of Ravensbourne from January 2015. She will succeed Professor Baker, who leaves Ravensbourne following 20 years as Director. Full article here.

09 HClub 100 

Notable mention: Ravensbourne alumnus, Thomas Hillier, together with his business partner, Pascal Bronner, won the HClub100 award, offered by Hospital Club, in the Art & Design category. Full article here.

staff_Layton Reid

Notable mention: Architecture and IDEAS students, together with Layton Reid, Associate Dean, represented Ravensbourne at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. Full article here.


10 Linked In

LinkedIn set Ravensbourne among top UK HE institutions Ravensbourne has been ranked among the top UK Higher Education Institutions for Media Professionals by LinkedIn. The inclusion of Ravensbourne in the list highlights the fact that our students embark on a career as soon as they start their studies. Full article here.

10 Katie Holt 

Notable mention: Katie Holt, a BA (Hons) Digital Photography student at Ravensbourne, won the Canon Best Shot Award. The ‘Shoot the Show’ competition was held by Canon at the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend. Full article here.

10 Mc Busted

Notable mention: Ravensbourne alumnus David Spearing, filmed, directed and edited a McBusted tour documentary. Full article here.


11 Slankard

Commonwealth Gold for Ravensbourne student Third-year Architecture and Interior Design student Kirk Slankard won gold at this year’s Commonwealth Fencing Championships (CFC). Slankard was part of the Men’s Sabre Team that beat Singapore to claim the top accolade. Kirk joined the Ravesbourne Fencing Society in 2012, and earlier this year won bronze at the International X-SYSTRA Fencing Challenge in Paris. Kirk was later selected to join Team GB's Fencing Squad, taking part in this summer’s World Championships, and then went on to represent England at the CFC held in Scotland. Full article here.

Relay robin

Notable mention:  RELAY is an innovative online platform delivering quality creative education to everyone. With course content devised and written by academics from Ravensbourne, RELAY enables creative professionals across the globe to access our innovative practically focused curricula.


The Silver Ghosts wins Special Mention Award in Barcelona 'The Silver Ghosts'', Film Noir Musical won Special Mention Award at 3D Film & Music Festival in Barcelona. The film has also been screened at 3DFF in Los Angeles, 3D Festival BEYOND 2014 in Germany and 3DKIFF (Korean International Film Festival). The film was also nominated for the 3D Stereo Media Festival in Liege. This was a great team effort of both staff and students. Involved staff included: Caroline Orme, Martin Uren, Greg Loftin, James Uren, John White, John Brough, David Humphries, Steve Alexander, Howard Austin and Dominic Bassett. Full article here.

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Notable mention: Postgraduate Convocation 2014 was held at Ravensbourne on 9 December 2014. It was a very special and formal occasion to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students. Andrew McGrath, Head of Global Mobile User Experience (UX) at Thomson Reuters, was the Guest Speaker at the event.

12 Erzhan Kazykhanov

Notable mention: The Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Erzhan Kazykhanov, visited Ravensbourne in mid-December. We have strong relations with Kazakhstan, and are currently working on a project to support the delivery of pre-foundation courses in several different areas. 

We hope that you enjoy your holidays and look forward to extending a warm welcome back in 2015.


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